Yet, PrCs are popular no? They are fun for players no? Isn't that reason enough to keep them?
Its not the "Prestige" thats so popular, its the "same as base class + 1" that was so popular. At least it felt that way.
I personally like the way it seems to be. Take a base class or PrC and be at the same powerlevel. Take a PrC if you want special flavour or something you cant achieve under normal rules (Eldritch Knight & Co)
It is hard for a properly played wizard to have the wrong spells or at least have useful spells, even if they are not the best for that situation.
Ok, that is true for the 1st encounter of the day. But what of the 2nd, 3rd or even 4th? Here he will most likely have bad to none spells ready.
I like the idea to give the Bloodline spells 1 or maybe even 2 levels earlier. We toy with the idea to give them 1 level earlier, so you actually HAVE a bit of choice when you get a new spell level.
Sorry, but lol.
Have you ever played a warlock or seen one played? Higher then level 3? I guess not. They are a funny idea, but absolutely NOT unbalanced.
but it actually breaks cleric domains.
No, it doesnt. It actually FIXES them. Now you have a reason to stay cleric and not prestige out the first second you could, same with wizard and sorcerer. Great and needed change.
Now prestige classes arent the base class + much more, now you loose something for what you get.